New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday held wide-ranging talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on a range of bilateral and regional issues, including developments in Afghanistan. Al Saud arrived here on Saturday evening on a three-day visit. Jaishankar tweeted, “Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan arrives on his first visit to India. Delighted to welcome him.” Farhan will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. He has come on this visit at a time when India is in touch with all the powerful countries regarding the developments after the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan. It is said that the main topic of talks between Jaishankar and Al Saud was the situation in Afghanistan.
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As a major nation in the region, Saudi Arabia’s stand on developments in Kabul assumes significance as several countries in the Gulf region, including Qatar and Iran, were playing a role in the Afghan peace process before the Taliban took over Afghanistan. In the Gulf region, India is in touch with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran on developments in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the change of power in Afghanistan has not been “inclusive”, raising questions about the acceptability of the new regime and that the global community should be “collective” and “collective” about recognizing it in this situation. Decision should be taken by “thinking”. This was stated by Prime Minister Modi in his digital address at the 21st summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, explaining India’s stand on the issue of Afghanistan.